Hendry County wins big at conference

LaBelle – Hendry County wins big at the Florida Association of Counties (FAC) Annual Conference last week with multiple award winners, designations and board appointments.
The most noteworthy winner of the conference was Shane Parker, Public Works Director, who won Florida Association of County Engineers and Road Superintendents (FACERS) Rural County Engineer of the Year. The FACERS awards are the most prestigious professional recognition in Florida for transportation and public works personnel.
Chairman Karson Turner who presented Parker with the award said “Shane represents the highest level of professionalism and accountability. We are thrilled to have a local professional like Shane be recognized throughout the state for his great accomplishments for Hendry County.”
The 2015 Presidential Advocates Award winners were also announced with Chairman Turner winning two awards for Medicaid and Vice-Chair of Health & Human Services. These awards are presented to county commissioners who have shown exceptional leadership in partnering with FAC during the 2015 session to advance the counties’ legislative agenda.
Commissioner Janet Taylor was appointed as Chair to the Florida Counties Foundation (FCF) Board of Directors. FCF provides high quality and comprehensive educational opportunities for county commissioners and staff. Commissioner Taylor and Chairman Turner were recognized for achieving the highest rank in FCF, Torchbearer status, at the awards luncheon.
County Administrator Charles Chapman was elected Treasurer of the Florida Association of County Managers and County Attorney Mark Lapp continues to serve on the Board of Directors and as Vice-Chair of the General Governmental Committee for the Florida Association of County Attorneys.
“The meaning of all these awards and positions either directly-with or affiliated-through our state organization shows the level of leadership and engagement Hendry County has on Florida issues when it comes to local government,” states Chapman. “We will continue to stay engaged and represent Hendry’s interests.”

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